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Some Dreams Do Come True

Sometimes a positive diversion can help improve the outlook of a child whose life is touched by cancer (either they have cancer or a parent with cancer). Many organizations provide activities, adventures, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences for children coping with cancer. The following is a partial listing of organizations that offer different ways to make wishes and dreams come true.

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Free Mobile Apps for Cancer Survivors Now Available

The American Society of Clinical Oncology has released Cancer.Net Mobile for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch – a free app designed to help people with cancer and their caregivers plan and manage cancer treatment and care. Cancer.Net Mobile is available for download in Apple’s App Store.

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Cleaning For a Reason™

Every 90 minutes, a woman who has cancer is matched with a housekeeping service that will provide a free professional housecleaning. Thanks to Cleaning For A Reason, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free housecleaning services for women undergoing cancer treatments.

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Answers to Your Questions about Cancer Counseling

by Pam Abernethy, MED, LPC

Cancer can take a huge emo­tional toll on both the individual who has been diagnosed and his or her family. While they are deal­ing with the physical side effects of cancer and its treatment, few people recognize that they are also struggling with an emotional condition called can­cer trauma. Unfortunately, many people with cancer and their families do not seek professional help when dealing with this trauma.

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by Sona Mehring, CaringBridge Founder

CaringBridge is driven by the need and desire to help anyone dealing with cancer or any other serious health event by connecting them with loved ones.

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Cancer for College

by Craig Pollard, with Greg Flores

At 19, the disease reared its ugly head again, and this time it meant business. I watched from a hospital bed as my friends, family, baseball career, and college experience all seemed to slip away. One night, I had a conversation with God and pleaded for my health. In return, I vowed to make a difference.

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Working the System

by Kairol Rosenthal

Doctors make mistakes. Computers err. People are lazy. The healthcare system is buckling. When I think about sparing my lungs from metastases, saving my vocal chords from unnecessary surgery, and getting the best treatment regimen possible, I approach the challenges of the system as if I’m on a personal vendetta. Here are some tips I have learned that may help you work the healthcare system to your advantage.

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by APOS staff

The Institute of Medicine report Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs concludes that it is not possible to deliver quality cancer care without addressing psychosocial health needs. A growing body of scientific evidence shows that psychological and social problems created or exacerbated by cancer can be effectively addressed with a number of services and interventions.

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